After the holidays, the winter months really take a toll on me. All the anticipation, excitement and sparkle is over, and it's just dreary, cold dark days. I'm constantly thinking - "Spring get here! Please!" But alas, we have several more weeks of this kind of weather. So, I thought it would be fun to bring back the Friday Five in an effort to distract us from the dreariness of winter. My favorite five finds of the week.
I wake up very early during the week - as in 5:30am. I find it's the only way to get things done distraction free. Sometimes when I wake up, I feel like I've been hit by a truck. Other times, I feel incredibly rested. I never realized why until I discovered sleep cycle.
This app monitors your movements during sleep and wakes you during your lightest phase of sleep so you wake up feeling refreshed and rested rather than "death warmed over." I've only had this for a couple of days. So far, it's been really interesting to see the hours when I am in deep sleep. We will see how it goes over the next few weeks.
OK, so we woke to 9 degrees yesterday - yes, 9 degrees in the deep South. I've been wanting this particular blanket for at least three years, but have not wanted to pony up the cash. It's now or never people. With a 40% off sale and these temps, the stars have aligned. Now, it's just deciding on the perfect color!
Really enjoyed reading this blog post by 6th Street Design School on the best barstools for under $150.00. I have lots of clients who struggle with finding affordable barstools. When you need a lot of them, the price does matter. My favorite is no. 6 in the line up.
Love at first sight when I spotted this image on Pinterest. Well, apparently, I have very expensive taste - its a original 1940's handkerchief planter with a price tag to match. But, this could be interpreted in a less expensive way. I think it's the lush moss and maiden hair ferns that draws me in - craving some green this time of year.
Even something like this would do the trick to bring a foyer to life, don't you think? Filled with the same intense green and you're there. Here in Birmingham, Leaf and Petal (the Summit location is my go to) carries a beautiful collection of large white pottery bowls to give you this look.
And saving the best for last, one of my all time favorite bloggers who took a sabbatical from blogging this past year is back at it! Raina of If the Lampshade Fits has jumped right back in where she left off with her wonderfully snarky take on life.
If you want to laugh out loud (and at your self), then she is a must read. Love that girl. So glad she is helping to push the winter blues right out of my day!
Happy weekend. Stay warm. M.